Jefferson Parish deputies caught an accused car thief early Sunday after he and another man rammed a carjacked Jeep into two Sheriff’s Office patrol cars while heading the wrong way in traffic.
Kenneth Hayes, 17, of New Orleans, was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center, said Col. John Fortunato, a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The episode started about 1:30 a.m. Sunday when a black 2003 Jeep was reported to have been carjacked in New Orleans by two armed men, Fortunato said.
About 4:30 a.m., State Police asked for help from the JPSO in a car chase that started in St. John the Baptist Parish and entered Jefferson Parish along Interstate 10, Fortunato said in a news release.
A deputy on the southbound ramp onto I-10 at Causeway Boulevard saw the Jeep suddenly turn the wrong way and drive against traffic onto the entry ramp. The deputy slowed to avoid a collision, but the Jeep struck the patrol car and continued going the wrong way. The deputy was not injured.
Deputies in a second patrol car then saw the Jeep heading for them. They stopped, but the Jeep rammed their car head-on.
A deputy in that car suffered a minor hand injury, Fortunato said.
Both men in the Jeep then fled on foot, but Hayes soon was caught. He was wearing the same ski mask described by the victim of the carjacking, Fortunato said. The other person got away.
Deputies booked Hayes on counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest by flight and aggravated criminal damage to property.
Both the New Orleans Police Department and the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office have holds on Hayes.
Anyone knowing the identity of the other man in the stolen car is asked to contact the Investigations Bureau at (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.